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Washington fire grows slightly; some progress made

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ENTIAT, Wash. (AP) - A wildfire in central Washington has grown by about 2 square miles, but officials are reporting good progress in protecting homes in the area.

A fire operations spokesman said Saturday that 763 personnel continued fighting the Mills Canyon fire, which is burning across 34 square miles of grass and brush near Entiat, roughly midway between Seattle and Spokane.

Residents of several dozen homes had been told to evacuate. Officials said crews did good work protecting more than 100 houses along Highway 97A, and on Saturday they were working to protect 14 homes along Roaring Creek, near the fire's northern edge. Another priority was digging fire lines along the southwestern edge to contain the blaze.

State officials have extended an outdoor burn ban to include all 13 million acres of lands that the state protects because they're worried hot, dry weather could increase fire danger.

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